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SILVERTHORN FARM

 A PREMIER BOARDING FACILITY IN ATHENS, GA

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BOARDING

Silverthorn Farm is a multidisciplinary english boarding facility with 20 stalls on 137 acres, just minutes from

downtown Athens.

 

As a renovated 150 year old dairy barn, our facility offers history and rustic charm along with these modern day amenities:

  • 12x12 matted outer stalls with individual fans

  • 10 x 12 & 10 x 16 matted inner stalls with individual fans

  • 9 large pastures with small turnout groups

  • 4 small paddocks for individual turnout

  • 4 wash racks wtih temperature controlled water

  • climate controlled office and full bathroom with shower

  • boarder tack rooms

  • 200 x 225 sand arena with newly redone footing in 2020

  • lighted competition-sized dressage arena with Arena Green footing, newly built in 2021

  • sand round-pen for lunging and groundwork

  • 50 acres of trails with a small cross country course of varying heights for all levels to enjoy

  • $25 trailer-in option for full use of facilities 

outer stalls
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sand round-pen
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individual turn out paddocks
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outer stalls
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pond & pastures
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dressage arena
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Stall board is $700/month and includes twice daily feeding, hay, stall cleaning, blanketing/fly spray and turnout. 
 

Pasture board is currently not offered. 

 

EVENTS

RIDE-A-TEST

November 17, 2021

8:30 AM

Silverthorn Events is going to hold a Dressage Ride-A-Test Sunday, November 7th, 2021, to kick off what will hopefully be the start of events held at Silverthorn Farm.  With recent improvements to the rings, these events should have the optimum footing for horses and participants!

 

Kelly Eaton, a local well-known judge and instructor as well as successful dressage competitor, will be the judge.  Kelly has achieved her gold, silver, and bronze USDF medals and is a L graduate as a judge since 2010.  She is a very popular judge and has a wonderful way of working with riders.  Kelly offers encouraging insights for improvement and is generous with acknowledgements of riding skills and efforts.

 

There are 10 rides planned with 30 minutes allocated for each ride.  You choose your dressage test, ride it, and have it judged, then Kelly will discuss the ride with you, then you have the option to re-ride the test for a second judging by Kelly if time permits within the 30 minutes.

 

The rides will start at 8:30am.  There will be a mid-morning break, then more rides, a lunch break, and finish up at approximately 2:15pm.  The cost will be $75.00 per ride payable to Silverthorn by check or Venmo: @SilverthornFarm (please add $1 for Venmo Fee) .

 

This will be kept as simple as possible for the first event , so the score sheets will be given to you to tally.  Information on how to tally your score and a calculator to use will be provided at a scoring station near or in the office (weather depending) for your convenience.  A schedule will be posted at the barn office plus on a board at the ring.  Like a show, you should be at the gate to begin your ride on time so we can keep things on schedule.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Laura: 706-202-7746 (call or text) or email silverthornfarmathens@gmail.com

 

Below is a simple entry form for basic entry information and a Hold Harmless Clause form for signatures.  Please drop off  your Filled Entry, Check, Coggins, & Signed Waiver, into the blue folder in the barn office. 

 

Please note that the schedule is subject to change until 48 hours before the event and so entrants should allow some flexibility in their schedules that day whenever possible!

Please download and fill out the following forms if you wish to participate in the RIDE-A-TEST:

 

GALLERY

Some of our facilities and residents

main barn
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dressage arena
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cross ties
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jump arena
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outer stalls
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view from the front field
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sand round-pen
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individual turn out paddocks
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shed row stalls
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baby goat
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mama goat
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pond & pastures
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HISTORY

In the early 1880's, Georgia H Thurmond, a young Madison County Resident, returned from mining silver in Nevada to buy land and start farming. He acquired a farm at the junction of Oak Grove Rd and Jefferson River Rd. The King Plantation mansion, located where the present Middendorf home sits, was passed on his Athens supply trip. Mr. Thurmond fell in love with the governess, married her, and later bought 237 acres (the present day Silverthorn Farm, Pascova Farm, and 20 acres across the road. While away from the Jefferson River Rd location, the antebellum home was burned. The farm stayed in the Thurmond family for 3 generations. Stories of hiding silver in one of the natural springs on the farm from the union soldiers add to a rich cultural history.

In 1980, learning that his daughter and son-in-law were moving to Athens, Robert Menke decided to purchase 137 acres from a company who had acquired the land to build a shopping center. The farm was named Silverthorn after Mr.Menke. While traveling in England, he met a man named Mr.Silverthorn in the streets of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. After exclaiming how beautiful was the name, he promptly began addressing his wife in public as Phylis Silverthorn, and his daughter as Karen Silverthorn. On his best days when life was good, he was Robert Silverthorn. At all other times, he was just Bob Menke. The name has come to mean all that is sublime.

The farm has become a lifelong project. The Georgia stewardship program and the NRCS have been used to improve the property. May we all add our own piece of history and become better stewards of this farm and earth.

 
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CONTACT US

665 Jefferson River Rd

Athens, GA 30607

 

laura@willinghorses.com

Tel: (706)202-7746

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